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|17 April, 2019

Aramco plans to buy Shell's stake in Saudi refining JV- sources

Saudi Aramco plans to buy Royal Dutch Shell's 50% stake in Saudi refining complex SASREF

View of the production facility at Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2018.

View of the production facility at Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2018.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

DUBAI- Saudi Aramco plans to buy Royal Dutch Shell's 50 percent stake in Saudi refining complex SASREF, a joint venture between the firms, two sources said on Wednesday.

One of the sources said an agreement has been reached between Aramco and Shell.

Aramco and Shell declined to comment.

Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co (SASREF), based in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, has a crude oil refining capacity of 305,000 barrels per day (bpd).

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Shell has sold over $30 billion of assets in recent years as it shift its focus to lower carbon businesses such as natural gas and petrochemicals.

Energy Intelligence first reported the stake purchase plan earlier on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Rania El Gamal, editing by Louise Heavens and Susan Fenton) ((rania.elgamal@thomsonreuters.com; +971 562 160 434; Reuters Messaging: rania.elgamal.reuters.com@reuters.net ; Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rania_ElGamal))

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